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Friday, August 21, 2015

This Week: NWA Are Muppets, Patti Smith Is an Aqua Teen, and Calvin Harris Is the Hulk

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 9:50 AM

This week, the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton made bank at the box office and garnered rave reviews from critics. The unexpected knock-on effect of this has been a shocking combination of real-life reports of how NWA conducted themselves at the time and... some cartoon stuff. Seriously. Ice Cube took the opportunity to rep South Park, and then The Muppets got involved. Sound like total nonsense? It kind of does.

Here are your quotes (and clips) of the week:


"We let the world know that you could be just as famous doing it hard and rough and taboo and dirty and all the other things that they call our music. We opened a door for artists like Eminem and shows like South Park." 
According to Ice Cube, NWA paved the way for Cartman, Stan, Kenny and Kyle. Alrighty then. (NME)

But The Muppets (and Big Bird) think NWA has more to do with them than South Park... (YouTube):

Bringing NWA reality crashing back to earth is Dee Barnes, who wrote a stunning article this week about Straight Outta Compton's revisionist history when it comes to violence against women (Gawker):
"
Dre, who executive produced the movie along with his former groupmate Ice Cube, should have owned up to the time he punched his labelmate Tairrie B twice at a Grammys party in 1990. He should have owned up to the black eyes and scars he gave to his collaborator Michel’le. And he should have owned up to what he did to me. That’s reality. That’s reality rap. In his lyrics, Dre made hyperbolic claims about all these heinous things he did to women. But then he went out and actually violated women." 

“There are so many things that you can add or subtract. Cube always said, ‘You can make five different N.W.A movies.’ We made the one we wanted to make.”
Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray, defending the final version of the movie. (Rolling Stone)

“I’m gonna sing this to your crying grown man ass right now.”
Dave Grohl's response to a drunk man openly weeping at the front of a Foo Fighters concert. (YouTube)

If you've not liked anything by Kelly Clarkson since "Since You've Been Gone", you're probably in need of this:

"It crosses everybody's mind. Everybody thinks of it; even people who mistakenly assume that they're happy. They think of just disappearing and having enough and many people do, just taking control and saying, 'No more, no more of this silliness.' And it's admirable."
Ever the positive influence on others, Morrissey thinks suicide is admirable. (Billboard)

Ex-One Direction dude, Zayn Malik re-Tweeted this a few days ago:
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Which prompted a very angry response from Taylor Swift's beau, Calvin Harris (Twitter):
"You've made your money? Cool...fuck the 99% of musicians who depend on these services to survive right? Yeah fuck em. If u don't get what it means when a successful artist uses their celebrity to benefit every other musician and songwriter in the industry... stay out my fuckin mentions pls... While u kids are refresh voting teen choice awards there's some poor fucker in a basement making your new favorite record trying to survive Meaning... stay out of things you don't understand".

And finally, this freakin' happened:


Thanks Patti.

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